In the first semester, students will cover two core modules, the first module will be Islamic law and the second module will be Islamic history. In the second semester we will teach the children Islamic beliefs and Ethics.
In Islamic law, students will cover the various rulings regarding ritual purity, and learn the detailed rulings on prayers, as well as understanding issues pertaining to doubts that may occur. During this semester, students will also have an overview of the concepts of Zakat and Khums. In Islamic History, students will be taught about the life of all twelve Imams, providing them with key lessons from their experiences. All history courses will stress the relevance of the Imam of our time.
In Islamic beliefs during the second semester, students will gain a greater understanding of God, and the need to know him, as well as the common arguments pertaining to His existence. In the Ethics and Morals module, students will be expected to recognise the dangers of uncontrolled desires, as well as substance and alcohol abuse. Finally, students will also be taught how to interact with the opposite gender in society.
Word from the Course Director
It is important that young children living in the west have a basic overview of the islamic tenets. These core subjects will provide them with a great start to life and will allow them to build on their knowledge for years to come. I believe that children from a tender age should be exposed to this material to ensure they firmly begin to understand the world around them and the true meaning of life.
Faith is key but we must couple it with action and therefore children must be able to understand how to practise and apply their faith correctly. Finally Muslims living in this society must demonstrate a level of moral and ethical conduct, not only is this imperative as they contribute to a society which is founded on co-existence, but also because they are seen as important ambassadors of faith to the world.